Alps Alpine has been granted a patent for an operation device that provides tactile sensations and generates sound during contact operations. The device includes a movable part, vibration exciter, base part, elastic support, and controller. The controller drives the vibration exciter to excite the movable part in different directions to enhance user experience. GlobalData’s report on Alps Alpine gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Alps Alpine, Gesture-based recognition systems was a key innovation area identified from patents. Alps Alpine's grant share as of January 2024 was 30%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Operation device providing tactile sensation and generating sound

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Alps Alpine Co Ltd

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11886640B2) discloses an innovative operation device designed to provide tactile sensations and generate sounds during contact operations by a living body. The device comprises a movable part with an operating surface, a vibration exciter that excites the movable part in two directions, a base part, an elastic support, and a controller to drive the vibration exciter. The controller controls the excitation of the movable part to provide tactile sensations and generate sounds, with different frequencies and natural frequencies supported by the elastic support. The device aims to enhance user experience by combining tactile feedback and sound generation in a single operation device.

Furthermore, the patent includes various claims detailing the configuration and functionality of the operation device. These claims cover aspects such as the separation of the vibration exciter from the base part, the detection of pressing operations on the operating surface, the design of the elastic support with different spring constants, and the structure of the vibration exciter with a stator body, elastic body, and vibrating body. The operation device is engineered to resonate at specific frequencies along different directions, ensuring optimal performance in providing tactile feedback and sound generation. Overall, the patented technology showcases a sophisticated approach to enhancing user interactions with operation devices through a combination of tactile sensations and sound effects.

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